Terengganu’s Perdanas and MercsPosted: July 22, 2008
From Rocky’s Bru, where I first read about it:
The Terengganu state government is coughing up RM3.43 million for 14 units of the Kompressor. The same amount can get you 34 units of Perdana, with change (since Proton gives special rate for government purchases).
From Tok Mommy’s blog where she finds out more:
“After having made a study, the state government finds that in the long run, it is better to use a new car to replace the Perdana V6 Executive which has been in use since more than four years ago.” – State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong.
From Thor Kah Hoong on Malay Mail:
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said is “not saying that the national car is not good, but in reality we are coughing up more money for maintaining the Proton Perdanas, particularly the gear boxes.” High maintenance? Problematic gear box? One car idling in the workshop twice in three years, and running up a bill of RM50,000? Datuk, if you are not saying that the Proton Perdana is a clunker, what are you saying?
“In the long run, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could also save us fuel costs.” A gas-guzzler too? Another bolt in the steel coffin for the Proton Perdana.
“The cars (referring to the Mercs) could also fetch a high market price, when sold as second-hand cars.” A lower resale value, and you are “not saying that the national car is no good,” Datuk?
While we are being dazzled by voodoo economics, you could have mentioned that in getting the cars tax-free, the State was paying RM108,888 less per car than Johari Public; that’s over RM1.5 million in total in savings.
Pretty much sums everything up doesn’t it? I think at this point, whatever the Terengganu MB says to defend his decision is just going to be bad, bad, bad. It is exactly how Thor has pointed it out. Every “plus” for the Merc is a “minus” for the national car.
And it’s also quite irrelevant to say that the money used to buy these new cars didn’t come from the oil royalty that Terengganu is getting back. Wherever the money came from, whether the state coffers, or the oil royalty, or straight from the Federal Government, it is still taxpayer’s money, ain’t it? Does it make it “better” that the RM 3.43 million didn’t come from the oil royalty? I don’t think so.
And to make it even funnier (not that it’s supposed to be), Najib says the Cabinet is going to talk about this issue of buying Mercs rather than Proton Perdanas.
Like the comments left after the article on Malaysian Insider, I see no reason why the Cabinet thinks it’s worth talking about. Does the Cabinet not have anything else to talk about?
Najib’s also not happy about T’ganu state excos driving Mercs because:
“I use national cars and the Prime Minister uses national cars, too,”
From the StarOnline. Sounds whiny.
I don’t like Perdanas, for very personal reasons. But I used to like them. I thought they were one of the more “handsome” cars that Proton produced. Looks like now, thanks or no thanks to Ahmad Said, Proton Perdanas just aren’t that viable, are they?
This can’t be good advertising.